Originally Posted by bengal-stripe
It ain't snake, it's lizard!
Cursory glances at bad images are not good for judgment.
Originally Posted by RJman
Got the Herpes notebook today. It's in new shape and is 43 years old! and came with a neat little silver mechanical pencil... And it's almost certainly "lizzard", as our dear departed lascar would have spelt, but with interestingly large scales. Slight disappointment it was not allicroco or phoque, but there you go. How did you know yours was phoque, LK?
They still sell that silver pencil for something like $200.
The seller--a reputable sort of place in Switzerland--described it as phoque, and it also has a rather distinctive grain and look.